Creativity is a combination of discipline and childlike spirit. – Robert Greene
Don’t classify me, read me. I’m a writer, not a genre. – Carlos Fuentes

12 Tips for Creating a Compelling Plot


Five basic elements make up a story 
Don't let a rhinoceros in the room smash your plot 
Use bait-and-switch device carefully in stories
Cut plot cliché of histrionic exit 
Utilize Chekhov's gun to make plot work 
Delete bogus alternatives from your story 
Avoid stalling as approaching crucial event 
What is a ‘blood and guts’ scene? 
Use foreshadowing to enrich your story
Avoid writing gimmick stories
Utilize plot device to move story forward 
Strengthen story with man vs. himself conflict
BONUS: “The first chapter sells the book; the last chapter sells the next book.” - Mickey Spillane

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